Five Flags (Fla.) Speedway | ARCA Pensacola 200 Race Recap

Team: No. 77 EAT SLEEP RACE | GRIME BOSS Wipes Ford Fusion
Driver: Joe Graf Jr.
Follow the Team: @ChadBryantRace; @JoeGrafJr
Start: 11th
Finish: 11th; Running (198 | 200 laps completed)
Driver Points Position: Fifth

Joe Graf Jr. Quote: “Obviously, the finish wasn’t what we were hoping for in our No. 77 EAT SLEEP RACE | GRIME BOSS Wipes Ford Fusion. We made some strides during the race, but with the limited number of cautions, we weren’t able to get to pit road and keep adjusting on the car to put ourselves in the top-10.

“We are a winning race team and we are winners together, so an 11th place finish is unacceptable. Our team, however, is resilient and we will bounce back at Salem Speedway next month.

“I can’t thank EAT SLEEP RACE, GRIME BOSS Wipes and all of the Chad Bryant Racing team for their continued support, it means a lot.”

Next Up: Kentuckiana Ford Dealers 200 at Salem (Ind.) Speedway on Sat., Apr. 14 2019.

For more on Joe Graf Jr, please like him on Facebook (Joe Graf Jr.) and follow him on Twitter (@JoeGrafJr) and visit his brand new website at JoeGrafJr.com.

For more on Chad Bryant Racing, please like them on Facebook (Chad Bryant Racing) and follow them on Twitter (@ChadBryantRace). Also, visit the new ChadBryantRacing.com.

About EAT SLEEP RACE:

EAT SLEEP RACE (eatsleeprace.com) is a racing lifestyle apparel company based out of New Jersey.  Since 2001 the brand has offered a full product line including accessories and apparel for men’s and ladies.  As one of the pioneers of motorsports apparel, the brand has deep roots in the racing industry and was created to offer fresh designs for all racing enthusiasts.

The company has expanded to now offer a dedicated children’s product line of apparel and accessories branded as the Fast Kids Club with its hot selling ABC book for future race car drivers.

About Grime Boss

Grime Boss is a product of Nice-Pak. Nice-Pak, founded in 1957, is the global leader in the design, manufacturing, marketing and distribution of premium quality branded and private label pre-moistened wipes. Nice-Pak is a global company with over 2,500 associates and six plants with approximately 3MM square feet of manufacturing and distribution space in strategically located facilities around the world.

Headquartered in Orangeburg, NY, Nice-Pak has a track record of introducing innovative products that help to improve people’s health and wellness through the consumer, healthcare and professional business channels. Nice-Pak’s brands include NICE ‘N CLEAN®, GRIME BOSS®, SANI-HANDS®, PET-NAPS ® and WET-NAP®.

Visit: http://www.grimeboss.com

From the Jersey Suburbs to Greenwich Village to 2019 ARCA championship contender

MOORESVILLE, N.C. — For most of his teenage years Joe Graf Jr. grew up in Mahwah, N.J., a quick 30-minute commute to New York City. Little did he know that when he enrolled in college at New York University (NYU) last fall that his life would change dramatically.

Graf knew that an education was something he needed to continue his growth and development as a race car driver and when he selected NYU, he would replace the green lawns and suburban lifestyle of Mahwah for an edgier New York City one.

New York University is located in the heart of Greenwich Village. An area notorious for the arts, free spirit and one of the most diverse group of individuals you will ever find. Graf has always been a free spirit of sorts but NYC can take the experience to a whole new level.

“I wasn’t sure what it was going to be like when I moved into the dorm,” said Graf. “I guess my first reality check was when I walked around the neighborhood. New York moves at a super fast pace and has an unreal amount of things to do. I quickly realized that although I was in a college dormitory I was actually in the city. New York City is NYU’s campus.”

Even meeting his roommate was a new experience. “My roommate is Chinese, from China Chinese. He said his name. It was really a very long name that I had no clue how to pronounce…but he said he was telling people to call him Eric. It was kind of tough understanding him speak for the first few days, but I caught on eventually. Although we are from opposite sides of the world we really have a lot in common, especially love of sneakers and pizza.”

Living on the 22nd floor of a high-rise building was a huge change for someone used to living in a typical suburban house. One thing he didn’t have to get used to was the access to some of the best pizza shops on the planet. Just a block from his dorm is what Graf described as the best pizza place in New York City: Joe’s Pizza on 14th street.

Even Barstool’s OneBite program agrees, rating it one of the best in NYC.

“What was really interesting that there are so many people in NYC,” explained Graf. “It’s kind of like a culture shock…you see someone, and you probably will never see then again.”

College was not all about great food, Graf has maintained a very tough schedule of classes, hours of homework, traveling to races on weekends as well as living a normal life of a freshman.

Through the help of his counselor at NYU, he has classes Monday through Wednesday and then is off to race his Chad Bryant Racing Ford in the ARCA Menards Series and then back at it the next Monday.

Graf is majoring in Business, Media and Sports Management an area that he believes will be quite useful in not only his career but also after he has hung up his racing helmet for the last time.

“I really like my classes,” added Graf. I had a few classes that stood out…two economic classes, a sports management class and introduction to writing. What was really cool was that my writing professor, Professor Rzonka was from the Detroit area and grew up near a Ford plant and he liked racing and he watched a few of my races.

Dr. Brandon Brown, my sports management professor was into other sports, but I got him interested in my career as well…I guess I introduced my sport to two new race fans.”

Graf earned straight A’s in the fall semester which is quite the feat considering his hectic schedule.

So what was the toughest part of his transition to full-time student and being a professional race car driver?

“Time management was something that had not been a priority in my life until college,” grinned Graf. “It wasn’t easy scheduling everything every day, but it was an area that I worked hard on knowing that it would be a key to me handling life and being successful.”

After the last race of 2018, his total focus was on school and final exams. But now that the 2019 racing season has started he is back to his hectic workload. Graf has even landed an internship for the spring semester.

The first race of the season didn’t go as planned as a plastic grocery bag got caught on the air intake port on the front of his car and overheated the engine.

“That was really disappointing,” recalled Graf. “What are the odds of a plastic shopping bag being on the track at Daytona International Speedway. It was nuts.”

Now, he is now eager to get behind the wheel of his No. 77 EAT SLEEP RACE Ford in Pensacola, Fla. on March 9.

“Although we experienced a few mechanical gremlins at Daytona we still believe that when the last checkered flag falls in Kansas we will be right there contending for the championship,” sounded Graf. “We recently tested our short track program and our confidence is at a very high level.”

Racing at nearly 200 miles per hour is a long way from kayaking with your college friends on the Hudson River…but for Joe Graf Jr. it’s just another day at the office.

It’s been quite the journey from the suburbs to the dynamic Greenwich Village in New York City. Now he hopes his journey will include more ARCA Menards Series wins – and maybe even a championship. “Imagine if I win the Championship.. I still need to be in school on Monday morning. But hey, I will be 21 by then and can celebrate with some cold beers in some of these iconic NYC bars.”

For more on Joe Graf Jr, please like him on Facebook (Joe Graf Jr.) and follow him on Twitter (@JoeGrafJr) and visit his brand new website at JoeGrafJr.com.

Joe Graf Jr. ready for Daytona ARCA debut

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – The last time ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards driver Joe Graf Jr. (@joegrafjr) participated in a restrictor plate ARCA race – he found himself as a runner-up in the closest finish in series’ history last April at Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway.

This weekend, Graf Jr. hopes to have a role of reversal as he treks to Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway for Saturday afternoon’s Lucas Oil 200 driven by General Tire.

Joining the ARCA tour after Daytona last year, Graf Jr. will compete for the series’ championship aboard Chad Bryant Racing’s No. 77 Ford Fusion and with tough competition anticipated for the 20-race crown, Graf Jr. is ready to get down to business at the “World Center of Racing.”

“This is certainly a bucket list item to race at Daytona,” said Graf Jr. who finished eighth in the 2018 points standings despite missing one race. “We’re racing for a championship this season and a good run on Saturday will help our efforts. I know though when it comes to plate racing, finishing can sometimes come down to luck.”

Paired with 2016 ARCA championship crew chief and team owner Chad Bryant for his sophomore season of competition, Graf Jr. says he taken the steps to ensure he’s ready for the battle ahead and believes the guidance of Bryant will continue to accelerate his learning curve in ARCA.

“During the offseason, I really started to work out hard and make some adjustments in my lifestyle to make sure I’m ready to do my part this year,” Graf Jr. added. “I know that Chad (Bryant) and the rest of the Chad Bryant Racing (CBR) team are going to do their best to bring fast race cars to the track and I need to make sure I’m giving the team more than 100 percent behind the wheel.”

Graf Jr. and the Mooresville, N.C.-based team participated in the two-day open test session at the 2.5-mile superspeedway in mid-January and while his No. 77 EatSleepRace.com Ford Fusion wasn’t at the top of the charts, the 20-year-old knows that this weekend is when speed and finesse count most.

“We learned a lot at the test,” he continued. “Chad and the guys made many adjustments during the two-day test and with every lap on the track we were gathering data to get back. We’ve made a lot modifications to our car since then and I’m eager to get on the track and see what we can do.”

As for his goals for his Daytona debut, Graf Jr. says he wants to earn his second career ARCA win – but also knows he’ll have to be realistic if that can’t happen.

“We all go to the track every weekend with the intention and goal to win,” Graf Jr. sounded. “We have the cars and people to win many races this year, we just need to see how the race pans out. If we don’t win and can leave Daytona with a top-10 finish – we’ll take that as a positive for the big picture.”

After joining CBR at the Daytona test, EAT SLEEP RACE, a racing lifestyle apparel company headquartered in New Jersey returns as the primary sponsor of Graf Jr.’s No. 77 Ford Fusion for the 80-lap race.

Since 2001, EAT SLEEP RACE has offered a full product line including accessories and apparel for men’s and ladies.  As one of the pioneers of motorsports apparel, the brand has deep roots in the racing industry and was created to offer fresh designs for all racing enthusiasts.

The company has expanded to now offer a dedicated children’s product line of apparel and accessories branded as the Fast Kids Club with it’s hot selling ABC book for future race car drivers.

“It means a lot to me to continue my relationship with Eat Sleep Race at Daytona this weekend,” said Graf. “Being from New Jersey, we share a common bond and have great ideas on how we can enhance our partnership as the season rolls on. Looking forward to carrying their colors this weekend at Daytona!”

Bryant says Graf Jr.’s focus during the test and his approach to the impending season has the morale at CBR in a good place.

“We’re excited to have Joe for another season,” Bryant said. “He is so focused on going out there and succeeding, there doesn’t appear anything can stand in his way. We will continue to do our job as a team and support one another on and off the track and plan to have a great season starting at Daytona this weekend.”

In 19 ARCA races, Graf Jr. has one career ARCA win (Berlin Raceway, August 2018), six top-five and eight top-10 finishes. He earned a career-best qualifying effort of fourth at Charlotte (N.C.) Motor Speedway in May 2018.

For more on Joe Graf Jr, please like him on Facebook (Joe Graf Jr.) and follow him on Twitter (@JoeGrafJr) and visit his brand new website at JoeGrafJr.com.

For more on Chad Bryant Racing, please like them on Facebook (Chad Bryant Racing) and follow them on Twitter (@ChadBryantRace). Also, visit the new ChadBryantRacing.com.

The Lucas Oil 200 driven by General Tire (80 laps | 200 miles) is the first of 20 races on the 2019 ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards schedule. Practice begins Thurs., Feb. 7 with a two-hour session from 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. A final practice session has been etched in on Fri., Feb. 8 from 9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. Group qualifying is set for later in the day at 3:30 p.m. The season-opener for the 67th consecutive ARCA season is set to take the green flag on Sat., Feb. 9 shortly after 4:30 p.m. The event will be televised live on FOX Sports 1 (FS1), while ARCARacing.com will stream live timing and scoring throughout the entire weekend festivities.

About EAT SLEEP RACE:

EAT SLEEP RACE (eatsleeprace.com) is a racing lifestyle apparel company based out of New Jersey.  Since 2001 the brand has offered a full product line including accessories and apparel for men’s and ladies.  As one of the pioneers of motorsports apparel, the brand has deep roots in the racing industry and was created to offer fresh designs for all racing enthusiasts.

The company has expanded to now offer a dedicated children’s product line of apparel and accessories branded as the Fast Kids Club with it’s hot selling ABC book for future race car drivers.

EAT SLEEP RACE launches contest for ARCA driver Joe Graf Jr.

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – In an effort to expand their Motorsports program with ARCA Racing Series driver Joe Graf Jr. (@joegrafjr), EAT SLEEP RACE, a racing lifestyle apparel company announced today with Graf Jr. the start of a social media contest that will allow race fans from all forms of Motorsports an opportunity to win a free t-shirt.

Race fans who visit EATSLEEPRACE.com/win will have the opportunity to enter the contest by simply submitting their email address.

Afterwards, the applicant will have the opportunity to increase their number of submissions by sharing the contest through their social media channels or following Joe Graf Jr. or EAT SLEEP RACE on their specific social media platforms.

Entries can be submitted daily to increase their odds of winning the limited-edition t-shirt valued at $23.99.

Following the conclusion of the contest on Feb. 28, 2019, a computer will randomly select the 100 winners.

“This contest is one of the many ideas that we have in store for the 2019 season,” said Graf Jr. who will drive the No. 77 EAT SLEEP RACE Ford Fusion in Saturday afternoon’s ARCA season-opener at Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway.

“Brian and everyone at EAT SLEEP RACE are excited to venture into another form of Motorsports and we feel that giving away an exclusive t-shirt will allow race fans to get some cool swag early in the season and cheer us on as we chase the ARCA championship at Chad Bryant Racing.

“I can’t wait to show everyone over the coming months what else we have up our sleeve for the racing season. Things are just getting started!”

To enter the EAT SLEEP RACE contest, please visit and sign up at EATSLEEPRACE.com/win.

For more on Joe Graf Jr, please like him on Facebook (Joe Graf Jr.) and follow him on Twitter

The Lucas Oil 200 driven by General Tire (80 laps | 200 miles) is the first of 20 races on the 2019 ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards schedule. Group qualifying is set for later in the day at 3:30 p.m. The season-opener for the 67th consecutive ARCA season is set to take the green flag on Sat., Feb. 9 shortly after 4:30 p.m. The event will be televised live on FOX Sports 1 (FS1), while ARCARacing.com will stream live timing and scoring throughout the entire weekend festivities.

About EAT SLEEP RACE:

EAT SLEEP RACE (eatsleeprace.com) is a racing lifestyle apparel company based out of New Jersey.  Since 2001 the brand has offered a full product line including accessories and apparel for mens and ladies.  As one of the pioneers of motorsports apparel, the brand has deep roots in the racing industry and was created to offer fresh designs for all racing enthusiasts.

The company has expanded to now offer a dedicated childrens product line of apparel and accessories branded as the Fast Kids Club (fastkidsclub.com) with it’s hot selling ABC book for future race car drivers.

Joe Graf Jr. kicks off Speedweeks 2019 on the dirt

De Leon Springs, Fla. – Joe Graf Jr. (@joegrafjr) is getting a jumpstart on Speedweeks 2019.

Before Graf steers his attention later this week towards a championship effort in the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards for Chad Bryant Racing, Graf Jr. will sling in the dirt at Volusia Speedway Park driving for Ken Schrader Racing (KSR).

Graf Jr. will drive the No. 17 Lethal Chassis open wheel dirt modified alongside veteran Schrader who will drive the No. 9 Federated Auto Parts modified beginning Tuesday night.

“It’s going to be fun to be racing in the dirt this week,” said Graf Jr. “Of course, my focus is on the ARCA car – but having the opportunity to race on the dirt and especially for Ken Schrader Racing provides a chance for me to broaden my horizons.

Schrader says he’s looking forward to having the Mahwah, New Jersey native apart of the week’s festivities.

“We’re looking forward to it,” said Schrader on the addition of Joe Graf Jr for Speedweeks. “We had him in the (modified) car at DuQuoin last year and he finished inside the top-five. It’s quite a different experience, but he seems to adjust pretty dang quick and we’re looking forward to the results.”

Graf, 20, mentioned that having the opportunity to work alongside the iconic Schrader allows him to inhale a wealth of knowledge.

“I really appreciate the opportunity given to me by Kenny and his team,” added Graf. “Not only do I have respect for him as a competitor, but now as a teammate. I know I can lean on him a lot over the next week and he’ll do everything he can to make me a better driver and I appreciate that. I’m ready to have some fun.”

Action gets underway Tuesday, Feb. 5 with 20-lap features at half-mile dirt oval. Graf is also currently scheduled to compete on Wednesday (Feb. 6), Thursday (Feb. 7), Friday (Feb. 8), Sunday (Feb. 10) and a 50-lap feature on the final night Monday, Feb. 11.

For more on Joe Graf Jr, please like him on Facebook(Joe Graf Jr.) and follow him on Twitter(@JoeGrafJr) and visit his brand new website at JoeGrafJr.com.